It is Saturday night, and El Monte’s atmosphere is buzzing with a youthful glow. As the parking lot and the surrounding streets began to fill with vehicles from the American golden age of automotive design with names like Galaxie and Mercury, the space became saturated with cosmic energy.
To borrow from our millennial friends, it is very on brand for the Tropics of Meta crew—composed mainly of Gen X Nirvana-loving kids who eat hot Cheetos and drink cold beer—to drop new books in a global pandemic.
It’s a long time since the vaporous heyday of Cool Britannia, and both the UK and European football look much different than they did in 1996.
Pandemic life has shown us that loneliness and togetherness are closer to each other than we once thought.
Amid the loneliness of the Pandemic, both musicians and fans felt starved for live music — and got creative remaking it.
Rob Baker on the search for live music in a California starved of it.
Like discovering free verse, punk rock, or Prince, Guided by Voices offered the awesome realization that you could literally do whatever the fuck you want and it might actually be good.
The legend RR looks back on his long, furtive love affair with Don Henley and the history of this newspaper.